About Common Table Decatur

Join us in a story of hope!

In a society fractured by inequity, suffering, and intolerance we all face a choice: to live for our own good or for the common good. 

 

If we don’t choose the common good we will not only relive the sins of our past but will be forced into a darker future of isolation, self-centeredness, and ultra-nationalism. Even the church has been part of the problem: we’ve worshipped our unquestioned traditions instead of embodying the radical love of Jesus. 

 

Common Table Decatur is creating a different kind of spiritual movement; one that tries to live and love like Jesus! We are on a mission to gather people in grace-filled communities to fight for justice and healing as we embrace everyone, serve alongside our neighbors, and bet on hope.

 

Imagine what could happen if an inclusive community of neighbors chose the common good: providing a foundation for action we can begin to mend divisions, heal suffering, and eliminate inequities all around us. 

 

Working for the common good will heal our society and our soul.

 

OUR MISSION

In a society fractured by inequity, suffering, and intolerance we all face a choice: to live for our own good or for the common good. Common Table Decatur gathers people in grace-filled communities to fight for justice and healing so everyone can find confident hope for a better tomorrow.

 

OUR CORE PRACTICES

We embrace without reservations 

We serve alongside our neighbors 

We bet on hope

Get Involved!

Follow us on Facebook or Instagram or through our mailing list (sign-up below).

Join a Table Group (launching in spring of 2021)

Join us for worship.

Watch a message in our video library.

Read our 2020 Year End Impact Report (.pdf)

 

Our Mission Partners

We believe fighting for justice and healing is the central calling of followers of Jesus. These are some of the incredible organizations we partner with and serve alongside so everyone can find hope for a better tomorrow:

Supported by a collection of Decatur churches, DEAM provides food, clothing and financial assistance to support neighbors in need.

In addition to these amazing organizations, we partner with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (food assistance), Wellroot Family Services (foster care), Inspiritus (refugee resettlement, disaster relief, and other social services).

 

Through our regional and national network of Lutheran Churches we support child welfare, disaster response, advocacy, and international relief and development. 

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Hagar's House

Hagar's House is an emergency homeless shelter for families in Downtown Decatur. We provide a monthly meal and other support. Hagar's House is part of Decatur Cooperative Ministry.

Haitian Timoun Foundation

With an approach 

that's about dignity, not dependence, and empowerment, not charity, HTF works in 3 areas: investing in children, leadership development, and eradicating ultra poverty.

Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry

 

Supported by a collection of Decatur churches, DEAM provides food, clothing and financial assistance to support neighbors in need.

Decatur Education Foundation

Decatur Education Foundation serves as a community conduit that brings resources – people, ideas and funds – where they’re needed to ensure that every Decatur student can learn and thrive.

 
 

Meet Our Leaders

Josh Linman

Pastor

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Josh grew up in Orlando, Florida discovering a passion for marching band, Jesus, and serving others. After some time working in media production at a few large churches, he felt the longing to make a difference beyond the consumer-focused show of Sunday morning and was either going to do communication work for a non-profit in Africa or become a pastor.  Obviously, pastor won out.

 

He hit it off with his wife Laura (and fellow band nerd) on the dance floor of a friend's wedding and they have been married since 2015. They are passionate about sharing life and faith with other people. One of the ways they do this is as licensed foster parents. Josh and Laura love enjoying meals with friends, exploring new places with their dogs Scout and Jovie, and visiting their families in western North Carolina. 

 

Josh is a graduate of Florida State University and Luther Seminary. Prior to serving as the Pastor at Common Table Decatur, he was a pastor at Lutheran Church of Hope in Ankeny, Iowa and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. Josh’s passion in life and ministry is to cultivate and multiply disciple-making communities that bring God’s love to the world.  You can follow him at www.joshlinman.com

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Kyle Bynum

Music + Communications 

Kyle moved to Atlanta from St. Simons Island three years ago and teaches piano, guitar, and ukulele to students in downtown Decatur. He has been involved in sacred music since he was a teenager, serving in Mainline Protestant congregations.

 

Kyle earned his Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media from Middle Georgia State University, and recently completed a post-bachelor's program in Sacred Music at Virginia Wesleyan University.

 

When not making music, he enjoys coffee-shop hopping, finding local concerts, and kayaking. He lives in Atlanta with his daughter, Elizabeth.

 Leadership Team

Adam Annis-Brown

Rick Barger

Carolyn Landress

Lisa Turner, President

Our Leadership Team provides financial oversight and spiritual guidance for our movement. To connect with these leaders, please send an email at the link above.